Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the OLMC community for their support and prayers in regards to the sudden passing of my father-in-law last week. It is at times like this where there is great comfort in being a part of a wonderfully supportive community. The passing of a loved family member provides us all with a time to not only grieve and reflect on their life but to also take a step back and reflect on the fragility of our own lives and how we have very little time here on earth.
Our faith in a loving and compassionate God helps us to put life and death into context and it provides a level of comfort and strength that we believe that our loved ones are now in God’s loving embrace.
The Footprints Prayer
One night I had a dream…
I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and
across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonged to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life, there was only one set of footprints.
I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest
and saddest times in my life
This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
You would walk with me all the way;
But I have noticed that during the
most troublesome times in my life,
There is only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why in times when I
needed you the most, you should leave me.
The Lord replied, “My precious, precious
child. I love you, and I would never,
never leave you during your times of
trial and suffering.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.
The College is gearing up for our Mercy Day celebrations on Friday 20 September when Bishop Vincent will celebrate Eucharist in our 130th year. Any parent who would like to attend this Mass on Mercy Day is most welcome. Please RSVP to Susan Giacomelli on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can cater for numbers.
Year 12 Farewell
I ask that you keep Year 12 in your prayers as they enter their last few weeks of formal schooling at OLMC. Specific details about the Graduation Assembly and the Graduation Mass and Dinner have been sent to all Year 12 families. If you have any questions, please contact either Mrs Wood, Mrs Donnelly, Ms VandePeer or your daughter’s House Leader.
Catherine McAuley Sculpture Blessing
Also, the College, in conjunction with the Parramatta Sisters of Mercy, as a part of our 130th Anniversary will be formally unveiling our new Catherine McAuley Statue with a blessing on the afternoon of November 11. Several Irish Sisters of Mercy from Callan will be in attendance. Further details will be provided prior to that event.
OLMC New Student Mobile Phone Policy for Implementation in 2020
The College Leadership Team has carried out a significant amount of research and data gathering in regards to the use by students of mobile phones on the College grounds. I recognize and acknowledge that whilst there is still conflicting views as to the use of these phones by young people, I believe that while the girls have access to technology on their laptops at school and for learning there is no significant need for them to use and access mobile phones during school time, including recess and lunch.
As a result, from 2020, OLMC will become a student mobile free site from 8.30am until the end of the school day. An update of this new policy and the procedures for students and families to follow will be provided to you shortly.
In Term 4 2019 we will begin working with the students in educating them and transitioning to the restricted mobile phones policy for 2020.
I acknowledge that students and some families will not be happy with this decision, however, in the broader context we are continually dealing with increasing levels of significant social/cyber issues with the girls accessing their mobile throughout the day and we wish to encourage greater face-to-face and verbal communication between the girls and a greater focus on quality learning in the classroom.
Parents will still be able to contact students via the Student Centre in the case of emergencies (as is the current procedure - but not carried out by many) and these procedures will be outlined in the new policy.
It is my expectation that the whole community will support this new policy from the beginning of the 2020 school year.
Mr Stephen M Walsh